A new scoreboard has been officially opened at the Army Cricket Ground in Aldershot to remember long standing scorer and UKAF ACO life member Victor Isaacs, who passed away in July 2022.
The board, which will now house the scorers during matchdays, was handed over to the Army Cricket Association Executive Director Frankie Greenwood by Victor’s children, daughter Rachael and son Richard, prior to the Army Women’s match with the MCC in early June.
Named “The Victor Isaacs Scoreboard”, it was delivered in time for the weather-delayed start to the season in Aldershot and brought in a number of new features, including allowing shirt number upto 99 to feature on the batters number, the DLS box can now be a number of different figures, including run required and also changing to a neutral gender “Last Bat”.
Richard, who took on the Victor Isaacs Statistician Officer role within UKAF ACO said, “Rachael and I are delighted to be able to install this board in Dad’s memory at his favourite ground, a place where he was appreciated for his efforts in scoring and statistical work.
“His untimely passing last year left a huge hole in our lives so we wanted to do something that he would hopefully have been proud of and we could think of nothing better than this.
“We were delighted when the Army Cricket Association gave us the green light to do so – if it wasn’t for the Army and his Sargeant Major billowing at him that A-Level maths was a good enough qualification to score back in 1962, he would never have embarked on a journey that would take him around the world, score Test matches and international games, score for Hampshire for 31 years but also make the wonderful friends that he did – especially in the Services circles in latter years.”
The new board was first used on 1 June for the Army Women’s game with South East Stars EPP – and Richard was delighted to have been given the honour of scoring the first ever game in it too.